|Yokohama Bay Stars||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||2||0||3||7||1|
Giants lead series 15-4-0
Michihiro Ogasawara's (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) 27th homer with a runner on first and no out and an RBI double by Yoshitomo Tani (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) with a runner on first and 2 out gave the Giants a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st.
The Bay Stars finally got on the board in the top of the 4th after Kazuya Fujita (1-for-4, 2B, R) led off the inning with a double and scored on Shigeru Morikasa's (2-for-3, BB, 2B) single into left and Alex Ramirez's (LF) subsequent fielding error (that also allowed Morikasa to advance to second). Dan Johnson's (0-for-2) ground out moved Morikasa to third and gave the Bay Stars 2 outs to get a second run home, but both Takahiro Saeki (0-for-4) and Yuki Yoshimura (0-for-2) went down on strike outs to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 6th, the Giants extended their lead by 2 runs when Hayato Sakamoto (1-for-4, 2 RBI) hit a single into left with runners on second and third.
Yokohama closed the gap in the top of the 8th after Yuta Naito (1-for-3, 2B, R) doubled and Tatsuya Shimozono's (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) folowed with his 6th home run of the year.
Marc Kroon entered the game in the top of the 9th and gave up a 2-out single before closing out the game with a grounder back to the mound.
3rd: runner on second, 2 out > Shimozono struck out
4th: runner on second, no out > Johnson grounded out, runner to third, Saeki struck out, Yoshimura struck out
6th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Saeki grounded out
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Abe struck out
2nd: runner on second, 1 out > Sakamoto grounded out, runner to third, Matsumoto struck out
3rd: runner on second, 2 out > Tani flied out
5th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kamei struck out
8th: runner on second, 1 out > pinch-hitter Kinjo grounded out and Saeki struck out
The Giants outhit the Bay Stars, 11-7. ... Dicky Gonzalez has a 6-game winning straight. ... Kroon forgot his uniform at the hotel and borrowed Isao Koda's (pitching coach, #72) uniform. ... The Bay Stars can do no better than 1 game under 500 even if they win ever game left on the schedule. ... Yoshimura was thrown out of the game for abusive language as the teams were coming off the field after the top of the 4th. Yoshimura apparently said something while passing the first base ump and that was enough to get him throw out. ... Yoshiyuki Kamei broke through his slump with a 2-for-4 night.
Bay Stars: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Giants: 6 LOB, 2 DP
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Terahara, Hayato L||13||2||7||0||4||56||18||16||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||0||3||3||3.904|
|Gonzalez, Dicky W||18||12||1||0||7 2/3||99||31||28||6||1||6||2||0||1||0||0||3||2||2.149|
|Yamaguchi, Tetsuya H||62||9||1||3||1/3||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.531|
|Kroon, Marc S||38||1||2||21||1||17||4||4||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.575|
Time: 2h 34m
Dragons lead series, 14-5-0
The Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd on a solo homer by Motonobu Tanishige (1-for-2, HR, R, RBI) with 1 out. But the lead would only last until the 5th when the Carp scored 2 runs with a single by Akihiro Higashide (2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI) that deflected off the pitcher and went into center.
In the bottom of the 6th, the Dragons returned 2 runs of their own to retake the lead: Hirokazu Ibata (1-for-3, BB, R) led off with a single and was bunted over to second; Masahiko Morino (0-for-3, BB, R) walked to put runners on first and second; Masaki Hayashi replaced Keisuke Imai on the mound; Tony Blanco (1-for-4, RBI) singled home the tying run, runners on first and third; Kazuhiro Wada (1-for-4, RBI) drove in the go-ahead run with another single, runners on first and second; and Ryosuke Hirata (0-for-4) grounded into a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Down 3-2, the Carp tied the game with a solo homer by Jun Hirose (1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI) to lead off the top of the 7th. Three batters later, with a runner on first and 2 out, Higashide gave the Carp a lead for the second time in the ball game with a double into left.
The Carp extended their lead in the top of the 8th after Andy Phillips (0-for-3, BB) walked and Kenta Kurihara (2-for-4, R) singled to start the inning. Scott McClain (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) then followed with an RBI double that put runners on second and third. The Carp's 6th and final run of the game scored on Hirose's sac fly into right.
Katsuhiro Nagakawa tossed a perfect 9th for his 26th save of the year.
3rd: runner on second, 1 out > Imai struck out and Higashide flied out
7th: runner on third, 2 out > Akamatsu struck out
8th: runner on third, 1 out > Kokubo struck out, walk, runners on first and third, pinch-hitter Amaya struck out
3rd: runners on first and second, 1 out > wild pitch, runners on second and third, Araki struck out, and Morino grounded out
6th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Hirata GIDP
7th: runner on second, 1 out > pinch-hitter Tatsunami grounded out, runner to third, Ibata grounded out
The Carp outhit the Dragons, 9-5. ... Imai once again failed to pick up his first pro win (in 4 starts). ... Tanishige hit both his 200th home run and his 200th sac bunt of his career. ... Chen was working on his 27th consecutive scoreless inning against the Carp when Higashide hit a 2-run single in the 5th.
Carp: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Dragons: 4 LOB, 1 DP
|Imai, Keisuke||5||0||1||0||5 1/3||82||21||18||3||1||4||2||0||1||1||0||3||3||5.063|
|Aoki, Hayato H||25||0||0||0||1/3||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||3.738|
|Komatsu, Takeshi W||21||5||3||0||2/3||7||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.633|
|Nagakawa, Katsuhiro S||43||2||5||26||1||8||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.092|
|Chen, Wei-Ying L||18||7||3||0||7||119||29||27||7||1||9||1||0||1||0||0||4||4||1.553|
Time: 3h 18m
Swallows lead series 10-6-0
Takahashi Toritani (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st on his 14th homer of the year. Hanshin made it 4-0 in the bottom of the 4th on a 2-run homer by Tomoaki Kanemoto (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) and an RBI single by Akihiro Yano (1-for-3, BB, RBI) with runners on first and third and 2 out.
The Swallows finally got on the board in the top of the 6th when Norichika Aoki (1-for-5, 2B, R) came around to score on a GIDP by Aaron Guiel (0-for-3, BB).
The Tigers extended their lead by two runs in the bottom of the 6th on an RBI double by Takahiro Arai (4-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI) with a runner on first and no out and an RBI single by pinch hitter Shinjiro Hiyama with runners on first and third and 2 out.
Kenta Abe started the 9th for the Tigers and walked the first two batters he faced. That quickly brought Kyuji Fujikawa into the game and he responded by striking the next three batters in order to end the game.
The Swallows did have a couple of opportunities to score during the game, but their best chance was probably in the top of the 2nd when they managed to load the bases after Guiel lead off with a fly out to left. With Shohei Tateyama (1-for-2) up to bat, the Swallows went with a squeeze play that backfired and turned in to an inning ending double play.
2nd: bases loaded, 1 out > Tateyama hits into squeeze double play
5th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Tanaka grounded out
8th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Miyamaoto struck out, K. Kawashima walked, bases loaded, Aikawa struck out
9th: runner on first and second, no out > Tanaka struck out, Aoki struck out, and Hatakeyama struck out
4th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Ando struck out
6th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Akahoshi flied out
The Tigers outhit the Swallows 11-9. ... The Swallows have no lost 5 in a row. ... Kodai Sakurai was replaced by a pinch hitter in the 4th after complaining of discomfort in his right leg. ... Yuya Ando has a 7-game winning streak against the Swallows. The last Tiger to have a winning streak that long against the Swallows was Shigeru Kobayashi with an 8-game winning streak that took place between 1979 and 1980. ... Hiyama collected his 8th pinch hit RBI this season and 74th of his career.
Swallows: 12 LOB, 2 DP
Tigers: 5 LOB, 2 DP
|Tateyama, Shohei L||21||14||4||0||6||103||28||26||9||2||2||2||0||0||0||0||6||6||3.438|
|Ando, Yuya W||22||8||8||0||6||103||25||24||8||0||5||0||1||0||0||0||1||1||3.392|
|Atchison, Scott H||57||5||2||0||1/3||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.782|
Time: 3h 21m
Eagles lead the series 9-8-0
This wass a game the Eagles could have easily lost, especially after they left the bases loaded twice in the game. But they still managed to come from behind in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Lions, 3-2.
The Lions took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd on an RBI single by Hiram Bocachica (2-for-4, 2 RBI) with a runner on second and 2 out. Takuya Hara (1-for-3, 2B) followed with a double that put runners on second and third, but the inning ended with Ginjiro (0-for-3) flying out to right.
Takeshi Yamasaki's (1-for-2, 2 BB, HR, R, RBI) 31st home run of the year to lead off the 4th tied the game at 1. But the Lions retook the lead in the top of the 7th when Yoshihito Ishii (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R) led off with a double, advanced to third on a sac bunt, and scored on a single into center by Bocachica.
Down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th and Hideaki Wakui still on the mound for the Lions, Daisuke Kusano (2-for-4) led off with an infield single and advanced to second on a bunt. Pinch hitter Kenshi tied the game with a double into right that scored Ryo Hijirisawa (pinch-runner for Kusano) from second. An intentional walk later, with runners on first and second, Todd Linden (1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI) won the game with single into center that scored Kensuke Uchimura (pinch runner for Kenshi) from second.
2nd: runners on second and third, 2 out > Ginjiro flied out
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Teppei struck out, T. Yamasaki walked to put runners on first and second, Seguignol walked to load the bases, and Kusano flied out
2nd: bases loaded, 1 out > Kusano struck out and M. Nakamura grounded out
8th: runners on first and second, no out > T. Yamasaki flied out and Seguignol GIDP
Both teams collected 7 hits. ... The Eagles have now won 5 in a row. ... Wakui gave up a career high 8 walks ... Linden hit Wakui's 140th pitch of the night. ... Hisashi Iwakuma struck out every batter in the line-up at least once, making him the 4th pitcher in the Pacific League to accomplish the feat. He also had a string of 7 consecutive strike outs between the 3rd and 5th innings. ... The Lions lost their 11th walk-off loss of the year.
Lions: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Eagles: 9 LOB, 3 DP
|Wakui, Hideaki K||22||13||5||0||8 1/3||140||37||27||7||1||6||8||0||2||0||0||3||3||2.280|
|Iwakuma, Hisashi W||19||11||5||0||9||132||34||33||7||0||11||0||0||1||0||0||2||2||2.933|
Time: 3h 2m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||8||0|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||1||2||0||2||1||3||0||0||X||9||12||1|
Fighters lead the series 15-3-0
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (2-for-5, HR, 2 R, RBI) led off the bottom of the first with his 10th home run of the year and gave the Marines a 1-0 lead.
With 2 outs in the top of the 2nd, the Fighters took the lead: Eichi Koyano (1-for-3, BB, 3B, R) hit a triple; Yoshio Itoi (2-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI) doubled Koyano home to tie the game at 1; Shinya Tsuruoka (0-for-1, BB) walked to put runners on first and second; Makoto Kaneko (2-for-2, 2B, RBI) drove in the go-ahead run with a double into right that put runners on second and third; and Kensuke Tanaka (1-for-3, BB) grounded out to end the inning.
But the Marines quickly answered back in the bottom of the inning with a 2-run homer by Tadahito Iguchi (1-for-3, BB, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) to retake the lead, 3-2.
A 2-run double by Tasuku Hashimoto (3-for-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI) with the bases loaded (via 3 walks) and 1 out in the bottom of the 4th gave the Marines a 5-2 lead. Saburo's (2-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) solo homer to lead off the 5th made it 6-2. The final 3 runs scored in the bottom of the 6th: solo homer by Tomoya Satozaki (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) with 1 out and Shoitsu Ohmatsu's (1-for-5, 2 RBI) single into right, with the bases loaded and 2 out.
Yusuke Kawasaki entered the game for the Marines in the top of the 9th and put runners on first and third with 1 out before getting Takahiro Imanami (1-for-2) to fly out to right. But with the runner on first (Sho Nakata) taking off on contact, the game ended with him getting thrown out trying to get back to the bag.
2nd: runners on second and third, 2 out > Tanaka grounded out
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Tsuboi GIDP
7th: bases loaded, 2 out > Tsuboi struck out
9th: runneres on first and third, 1 out > Imanami flied out, runner on first couldn't return to first in time, double play
4th: runners on second and third, 1 out > Nishioka grounded out and Hayasaka flied out
6th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Imae struck out
8th: bases loaded, 1 out > Ohmatsu flied out and Imae fouled out to first
The Marines outhit the Fighters, 12-8. ... Prior the game, the Marines had dropped 9 straight against the Fighters. ... Nishioka hit his 12th career lead-off home run, establishing a new club record.
Fighters: 7 LOB, 2 DP
Marines: 8 LOB, 1 DP
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Itokazu, Keisaku L||10||2||5||0||4 0/3||88||21||17||6||3||4||4||0||0||0||0||6||6||5.813|
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Ohmine, Yuta W||12||4||5||0||7||109||29||26||6||0||5||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||5.400|
Time: 3h 5m
Buffaloes lead series 10-8-0
Tuffy Rhodes (1-for-4, BB, 2B R) led off the top of the 2nd with a walk and scored on Jose Fernandez's (4-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) 14th homer of the year. In the top of the 3rd, with runners on second and third and 1 out, Fernandez and Naoyuki Ohmura (2-for-3, RBI) collected back-to-back RBI singles to give the Buffaloes a 4-0 lead.
Orix made it 5-0 when Fernandez led off with a double in the top of the 6th, advanced to third on a sac bunt, and scored on Takeshi Hidaka's (1-for-5, RBI) single into right. An HBP to Keiji Ohbiki (0-for-0, 3 BB, HBP, 2 R), followed by Alex Cabrera's (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) 9th home run of the year, gave the Buffaloes a 7-0 lead in the top of the 7th.
Meanwhile, Shogo Yamamoto was doing a pretty good job keeping the Hawks off the board. After retiring the first 6 batters in a row, the Hawks threatend in the bottom of the third. But between Yuya Hasegawa (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R) getting thrown out at third and Munenori Kawasaki (0-for-5) striking out with runners on first and second and 2 out, Yamamoto managed to wiggle out of a potentially disastrous inning.
The Hawks finally scored a run in the bottom of the 7th on a sac fly by Satoru Morimoto (1-for-2, RBI) with runners on first and third and no out. They scored their second and final run in the bottom of the 9th when Masato Nishikawa surrendered a double to Yuichi Honda (2-for-5, 2B, RBI) with runners on first and third and 2 out. The game ended with Kawasaki flying out to center.
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Okada flied out and Sakaguchi grounded out
3rd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Hidaka GIDP
4th: runner on second, 1 out > Matsunaka grounded out, runner to third, Tamura walked, runners on first and third, and Hasegawa grounded out
6th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Sakaguchi grounded out
7th: runner on second, no out > Fernandez flied out, runner to third, Ohmura grounded out, and Hidaka flied out
8th: runners on first and second, 1 out > K. Yamasaki struck out, Shimoyama walked to load the bases, and Rhodes grounded out
9th: runners on first and second, no out > Hidaka flied out and Abe GIDP
3rd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kawasaki struck out
9th: runners on second and third, 2 out > Kawasaki flied out
The Buffaloes outhit the Hawks, 14-10. ... It was Yoshiaki Fujioka's shortest outing as a starter in his pro career. ... Matsunaka was in the starting line-up for the first time in 9 games.
Buffaloes: 10 LOB, 4 DP
Hawks: 9 LOB, 0 DP
|Yamamoto, Shogo W||22||9||3||0||7||135||29||27||7||0||5||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||3.401|
|Fujioka, Yoshiaki L||24||5||7||0||2 0/3||55||12||8||3||1||1||4||0||0||0||0||4||4||5.036|
Time: 3h 22m